Obatzda – Bavarian Cheese Spread

Obatzda is a Bavarian cheese delicacy. It is prepared by mixing two thirds aged soft cheese, usually Camembert (Romadur or similar cheeses may be used as well) and one third butter.

Sweet or hot paprika powder, salt, pepper are the traditional seasonings as well as a small amount of beer. An optional amount of onions, garlic, horseradish, cloves, ground caraway seeds may be used and some cream or cream cheese as well. The cheeses and spices are mixed together into a smooth mass. It is usually eaten spread on bread or pretzels. Obatzda is a classic example of Bavarian biergarten food.

A similar Austrian/Hungarian/Slovak recipe is called Liptauer which uses fresh curd cheese as a substitute for the soft cheeses and the butter, but uses about the same spice mix.

Also spelt Obazda and Obatzter, in 2015, within the EU, was granted PGI certification.

Obatzda - Bavarian Cheese Spread
Cuisine: Bavarian
Recipe type: Spread
  • 500 g Camembert cheese (or similar soft cheese)
  • 35 g butter, softened
  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 60 g onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • pinch each of salt and pepper
  1. Mash the Camembert until well mashed, but not pureed (or use a meat mincer).
  2. Add butter, cream cheese, chopped onions and paprika.
  3. Season with cumin, salt and pepper.
  4. Serve on a plate with garnishes of red onion, chives, lettuce and/or pretzel sticks.

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